Summer is here! And after the long, cold winter we had, nothing sounds better than the thought of some yummy s'mores over a crackling fire. A few months ago we asked for your thoughts on the best campgrounds in Allegheny and surrounding counties. We've compiled a list of those and some other nearby campgrounds to check out this summers. Happy Camping!
Indian Brave Campground
159 Perry Highway (Rt 19) Harmony, PA 16037
Indian Brave Campground offers a convenient getaway where your family can relax in a safe gated, wooded surrounding. Enjoy the Olympic-size pool, game room, seasonal entertainment and children’s activities.
With 25 travel sites, we can accommodate small R.V.’s to large motor homes, with 30 and 50 AMP hookups, including city water and sewage, and FREE cable television. We also offer cabin rentals, plenty of primitive tent sites, a dump station, ice, firewood, a recreation hall, restrooms, showers, camp store, and laundry room. Security features, and campground patrol makes for a safe time while you and your family enjoy your stay with us.
Seasonal sites with concrete pads
Travel sites with full hook-ups (30&50amp)
Open and wooded primitive tent sites
2 rustic cabins (sleeps 4)
Group tenting area
Large rec hall – Activities for all
Olympic size swimming pool
Two clean bathhouses with hot showers
Camp store including ice and firewood
Free cable TV
Leashed pets permitted
Rates range from $20 per day for primitive campsites to $40 per day for cabins. Weekly and monthly rates are available.
More information: http://indianbravecampground.net/
Moraine State Park
225 Pleasant Valley Rd
Portersville, PA 16051
The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction.
Each year over one million boaters, hikers, bikers and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.
Eleven modern cabins are available for rent year-round. These electrically heated cabins sleep six people and have two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, kitchen, dining/living area and a dock on Lake Arthur during the summer season. Renters must provide their own linens, towels, cookware and tableware. Play equipment for children is in a central area.
From June until August, cabins must be rented by the week with prices ranging from $194 to $586 depending on the cabin. Tent camping is not permitted at Moraine.
Reservations can be made online: http://www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6210
Bear Run Campground
184 Badger Hill Rd,
Portersville, PA 16051
Bear Run Campground is a full-service family vacation destination operated by the Wehr Family since 1975. This Top Rated Good Sam and Trailer Life Park offers a wide range of accommodations; select from RV and pull-thru sites, rustic to deluxe cabins or tent and backpacking & walk-in sites. Bear Run Campground has all the amenities to make your stay convenient and easy going. In addition, Bear Run Campground offers an array of activities for adults and children.
Bear Run Campground borders Moraine State Park with access to McConnells Mill State Park, National Scenic North Country Trail and Jennings Education Center. Kayak and canoe rentals are available at the campground. Bear Run Campground offers complete packages for your getaway enjoyment. Decide from shopping at Grove City Outlets, Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, Horseback Riding or Kayaking/Canoeing. These packaged getaways make for quick and easy trips.
Rates range from $28.00 for a basic camping site to $169.00 per night for a two-bedroom Cabin.
More information: http://bearruncampground.com
Rustic Acres RV Resort and Campground
634 Pine Terrace Road
Shippenville, PA 16254
A 24 acre, family campground located in Clarion County, in northwest Pennsylvania near Clarion, Leeper, Marianville, Franklin and Cooks Forest; and within easy access to two rivers;
Clarion River and Allegheny River. Rustic Acres is snuggled in by giant oak and pine trees. Additionally, we are bordered on two sides by beautiful Pennsylvania State game lands; 3,000 acres of wooded game land, boasting public hunting and fishing of both large and small game.
Rustic Acres boasts a beautiful campground that surrounds a wonderful picnic pavilion, with a sun room, fully equipped kitchen, and plenty of room left for dancing and parties. We offer 95 full service (electric, water & sewage) RV sites, a multitude of primitive sites, and variety of camper rentals. Any one of these options insures your unique camping experience.
For RV campers, we offer shaded, level sites that feature full hookups, including 20 and 30 amp electric. With our generous sites, even big rigs and campers with slide-outs will find that they have room to spare. There are even back-to-nature wooded, primitive sites for tent campers.
Every campsite comes with a picnic table and fire-ring for outdoor meals or songs around the campfire. For the kid in all of us, Rustic Acres offers horse shoes, shuffle board, children's playground, wading creek, basketball, volleyball, miniature golf, and hiking trails.
Primitive: $22 per day, $122 per week, $250 per month
Primitive with water and electric: $25 per day, $150 plus electric per week, $300 plus electric per month
All costs are for a family of four. Two Adults and two children under 18.
Additional rules and rates available at http://rusticacrescampground.com/rates.html
Oil Creek Family Campground
340 Shreve Road,
Titusville, PA 16354
Within walking distance of Oil Creek State Park and the Allegheny National Forest is nearby.
Our Playground with swings, slide, climbing pole, tetherball, funnelball, & tic tac toe is a great place to play with new found friends. Then grab a pole and catch some smallmouth bass or bluegill in our pond. At night take a flashlight to light the way on a walk through the maze.
Visit the Llama Petting Pen and let them eat grass right out of your hand. Pieces of apples, pears, and grapes make a nice treat for them, also. Some years we may have Alpacas which are a smaller version of the same animal. One year a baby llama was born right here. Don’t forget to check out the teddy bears made from the fiber of the llama, they are especially soft and cuddly.
Basic site rates for 2 people
Add $2.00 for each additional person
Children 5 and under are free
Rustic, no hook ups: $ 26.00 per night
Water & electric: $ 28.00 per night
Water, electric, & sewer $ 30.00 per night
Weekly ($50 deposit required) 7th night free
Cabins are also available.
More information on rates and planned activities can be found at http://www.oilcreekcampground.com
8630 Miola Rd
Lucinda, PA 16235
Kalyumet is an Indian term for the word welcome, and a warm welcome is in store for you when you visit Kalyumet this season.
Located just minutes from Cook Forest and the Clarion River, Kalyumet offers the area's finest family camping & cabin facilities.
From the area's largest heated pool and new playground to our 10* rated restrooms and free WiFi throughout the park, our facilities are second to none.
We have free cable TV with 48 channels at each of our RV sites. We also have 50 amp service available.
Whether you are planning to explore Cook Forest or spend a leisurely vacation with family or friends, we have a site for you. Be our guest and experience family camping at its finest. We invite you to enjoy our activities, relax by your campfire and see the area. You'll be glad you did.
Rates range from $36 per night for a Tent Site - No Hookups to $47 per night for a site with Water, Electric, Sewer & Cable
Weekly Special: Stay 6 nights and the 7th night is free
More information: http://www.kalyumet.com/
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest
449 Camp Ground Rd
Harrisville, PA 16038
Welcome to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, a terrific family campground set in some of the prettiest countryside of Western Pennsylvania!
We offer a special group area called Kozy Club Arena, with 23 campsites surrounding a wonderful picnic pavilion. With our recreation hall sitting adjacent, the Kozy Club Arena is the ideal place for your group, rally, or reunion. Let Yogi Bear show you how much fun camping can be!
Shady, level RV sites
Four-wheel bike rentals
Gem Mining Sluice
Award Winning restrooms & showers
Planned Activities & Entertainment for all ages
Non-denominational church services, in season
Rates range from$37.00 per night for Tent sites to $51 per night for Premium Water, Electric & Sewer Sites. Rates are higher on weekends and holidays.
More information: http://kozyrestkampground.com/rates.htm
9054 Old US Highway 422
New Castle, PA
Campers Paradise offers a Playground, Fire Truck Rides, Hiking, Biking & Nature Trails, a Swimming Pool, and a Life-sized Checkerboard.
Rates: Campsites are $35 per night for 2 adults and 2 children.
Other accommodations including Tipis, Covered Wagons, Bunkhouses, and various Cabins are available.
Check out the full list with pricing: http://www.campersparadise.net/rates-top
Pymatuning State Park
Linesville, PA 16424
Almost everything about Pymatuning State Park is huge. At 21,122 acres, it is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is the largest lake in the Commonwealth. In its three campgrounds, Pymatuning has the most campsites in the Pennsylvania state park system. More people visit Pymatuning than almost any other state park in Pennsylvania. But the biggest thing about Pymatuning is the fun you can have boating, fishing, swimming, camping and enjoying other recreational opportunities. In addition to the state park facilities, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission operate a fish hatchery and visitor center, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission has wildlife viewing areas and a learning center.
Swimming: Four public beaches, Linesville, Tuttle, Jamestown One and Two, and the beach for campers in Jamestown Campground are open the weekend before Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather and conditions permitting.
Boating: The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir has many boat launches along the shores, including an ADA accessible launch in the Jamestown Marina and Manning Boat Launch.
The three Pennsylvania boat marinas have boat mooring and rent pontoon boats, motorboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks, and have a store that has bait, tackle and snacks.
Fishing: The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is a warm-water fishery. Common species are walleye, muskellunge, carp, crappie, perch, bluegill and largemouth and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing during the winter months is also popular. When fishing by boat, fishing licenses issued by either Ohio or Pennsylvania are honored anywhere on the lake. When fishing from the shore, only Ohio licensed fishermen can fish from the Ohio shore and Pennsylvania licensed fishermen from the Pennsylvania shore
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
There are two camping areas that are generally open from mid-April through mid-October. Contact the park for specific dates. All campgrounds are near swimming, boating, fishing and hiking and have a sanitary dump station. The maximum stay in all camping areas is fourteen days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
In the northern part of the park, Linesville Campground has modern facilities, including showers, flush toilets and ADA accessible campsites. About half of the campsites have electricity.
Rustic campgrounds start with a base price for residents at $15 per night.
Rate information for Modern Cabins and reservations can be found here:
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Mill Run
Mill Run, PA 15464 (Fayette County)
Phone: 800-439-9644 or 724-455-2929
Jellystone Park Mill Run, PA is a camp resort where magic happens everyday. Just watch the face of a child when they meet Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith for the first time. You'll see magic fill the air. We offer something for everyone, but children are special to us.
We offer recreational facilities for all ages. Whether it's water fun, mini golf, fun rides, or hanging out with Yogi Bear & his friends, we've got lots of things to keep you and your family busy!
Upper Swimming Pool
Lower Swimming Pool
Jellystone Park™ Train Rides
Picnic Basket Express Rides
Hey Wagon Rides
Jellystone Park™ Fire Truck Rides
We're the closest Jellystone Park Campground to Pittsburgh, PA so pack up the family and come enjoy and relax with us!
Overnight Cabin rates range from $115 to $220 per night based on size and amenities. Weekly rates are also available.
Campsite rates range from $55.00 to $85.00 per night.
More information and specials are available on the Website: http://jellystonemillrun.com/index.html
Tall Oaks Campground
544 Camp Riamo Road
Farmington, PA 15437
The park stretches across one hundred and fifty acres of the beautiful Laurel Highlands providing for the most wooded and spacious campsites in Western Pennsylvania. Nearby attractions include the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, Mystic Rock PGA Golf Course and the natural water slides at Forbes State Forest.
Coin-operated showers, a store and restrooms are featured. Wifi is available near the lodge.
Tent sites start at $12 per person per night
Cabins start at $20 with tax included
More information: http://www.talloakscampground.com/
Keystone State Park
1150 Keystone Park Rd
Derry, PA 15627
The 1,200-acre Keystone State Park is great for day-trips and family vacations year-round. Camping, modern cabins, many trails and a lake are all within walking distance, providing an ideal setting for wildlife watching or outdoor adventures. The park is within easy driving distance from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and its many attractions.
The 78-acre Keystone Lake has warm and cold water fishing, with trout stockings throughout the year. Warm-water fish are largemouth bass, tiger muskellunge, northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch, carp and brown bullhead catfish. A fishing area by the spillway is ADA accessible.
Boat Rental: Near the main boat launch on Keystone Lake, Northwest Kayak and Canoe rents boats and sells bait, basic camping supplies, firewood and ice.
Swimming: A sand beach is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to sunset.
Hiking: 6 miles of trails
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
About 100 tent and trailer sites are available from the first Friday in April to the third Sunday of October. Lakeside Campground is adjacent to the lake. Hillside Campground is in a more remote area of the park for those wishing more privacy. Both campgrounds have a modern bathhouse. A sanitary dump station is available. Pets are permitted on designated sites.
Rates for sites and cabins vary. Reservations can be made online: http://www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6205
New Alexandria, PA 15670
The Gallagher Family welcomes you to our "Little Paradise" along the Conemaugh River near the Conemaugh Dam. Known as "Gallagher's Beach", our property sits along a beautiful riverfront where you can camp, kayak, canoe or launch your small boat.
Conemaugh Connection has several primitive campsites. Private showers and restrooms are currently under construction. Sites includes a fire ring and a picnic table.
Rates for primitive campsites are $10 per night Sunday-Thursday and $15 per night Friday and Saturday. Holiday weekends are $20 per night.
Group campsites are also available from $20 to $30 per night.
More information: http://www.conemaughconnection.com/
Lazy Acres Campground
New Alexandria, PA 15670
200 Sites with grounds that feature a Country Store, Planned Entertainment, Playgrounds, a Basketball Court, Recreation Center, Comfort Stations and a Hiking Trail. Lazy Acres is Golf Cart friendly and Pet friendly. Wi-Fi is availible.
Keystone State Park is about one mile from Lazy Acres and Idlewild Park and SoakZone are about 15 miles.
Cabins start at $40 per night. Tent sites are $20 per night.
More Information: http://www.lazy-acres-campground.net/custom.html
Fox Den Acres
390 Wilson Fox Road
New Stanton, PA 15672
Fox Den Acres Campground, carved out of the Laurel Highlands foothills, is the largest campground nearest Pittsburgh. Two miles north of exit 75 of the PA Turnpike, it is open 24 hours a day for campers from May 1st to October 31st.
The lake, swimming and wading pools provide ideal settings for fishing, swimming and boating. The Wildlife Museum and Trading Post are unique. There are more than 100 pull-through sites, some of them shaded.
The playground, kiddie pool and two lakes provide hours of fun for youngsters, while adults can enjoy the fishing, swimming and boating. There is a game room, too. Organized activities include Bingo, Crafts for Kids and holiday celebrations such as Christmas in July.
Facilities include restrooms, showers, tables, fire rings and a dump station. For campers’ convenience, LP gas, groceries and RV supplies are available. Security is provided. Leashed pets are permitted. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. All children and teens must return to campsites by 10 p.m.
Rates: Tent sites are $25 per night
Campsites with water, electric, sewer, & cable hookups are $33 per night
More information: http://www.foxdenacres.com/
Four Seasons Resort Camping Resort
3 Camp Resort Road
West Finley, PA 15377
Looking for a campground with family camping and ATV riding in Western Pennsylvania? Four Seasons Resort offers the finest in fun-filled family camping. Kids will especially enjoy all the fun events and activities.
Four Seasons Resort offers you and your family an ideal camping and entertainment facility for fun and relaxation. Come feel the comforts of home in our friendly atmosphere nestled on 850 forested acres plus 1047.8 acres of state game lands bordering Four Seasons Resort Wildlife and game abound!
Four Seasons Resort is a family campground with planned activities and special ATV Trails for the whole family. 35 miles of groomed trails for all skill levels. Ride from your campsite or from your room. When you are tired of riding or hot, take a dip in our olympic sized swimming pool, take the kids fishing at our stocked pond or join in our planned activities. It’s all included when you stay and ride at Four Seasons Resort.
Rates range from $30 per night for a basic campsite to $140 per night for a Cottage. Cottages sleep up to 6 people. (Minimum 2 night stay, 3 night stay on holidays for cottages.)
More information: http://www.campfourseasonsresort.com/
Raccoon Creek State Park
3000 Route 18
Hookstown, PA 15050
Raccoon Creek State Park has continued to develop from the park’s beginning as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s, to one of the largest and most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania. Facilities at the park are a mix from the early Civilian Conservation Corps camp to modern facilities. In addition to recreational areas, there are large tracts of undeveloped land. The 7,572-acre park features the beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake.
The 172 modern tent and trailer campsites are open from the second Friday in April to mid-October. The wooded campground offers a selection of secluded or adjoining sites, a playground, five central washhouses with hot showers and a sanitary dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.
Rates vary based on dates and accommodations. Reservations can be made online: http://www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6213
Ryerson Station State Park
361 Bristoria Road
Richhill, PA 15380
Ryerson Station State Park is in Greene County in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, near the West Virginia border. The 1,164-acre park features the 62-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake that is named in memory of a former manager of Ryerson Station State Park.
Picnic tables are available throughout the park, along with charcoal grills, drinking water and restrooms. Some of these facilities are ADA accessible. A small, children’s play area is in the main picnic area.
The park has five picnic pavilions. Three pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
North Fork of Dunkard Fork flows through the lakebed and offers fishing for trout and panfish. In the spring, the PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks the creek downstream from the breastwork of the old dam and upstream of the lakebed, near the Iron Bridge.
Hiking: 13 miles of trails allow visitors to explore the park on foot and on cross-country skis in winter. The trails traverse many habitats, like mature forests, wet valley bottoms, evergreen plantations and fields in ecological succession. Most trails are wide, easily followed and therefore not color-blazed. Where deemed necessary, blazes are yellow. Contact the park office for detailed trail descriptions.
Camping: A 46-site campground for tents or trailers lies on a ridge overlooking the park. Camping facilities are open year-round. Camping permits must be secured at the park office. Some campsites permit pets for an additional fee. Twenty-two sites have electric hookups requiring an additional fee. Vault toilets and a sanitary dump station are provided. A playfield for kickball and other field sports is in the campground.
Rates for campsites vary and reservations can be made online: www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6214
Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins
1002 Township Road 285A
(About an Hour from Downtown Pittsburgh)
Take a step back in time... or better yet, throw away your watch. Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins is 1,300 acres of nature at its best!
Come camp with us for a day, a weekend or an entire summer. Enjoy the peacefulness of the Appalachian foothills. We are a family oriented campground with a variety of activities for all ages.
Nestled in the scenic hills of the Ohio Valley, the fresh creek, Town Fork and spring-fed lake are surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Our location is convenient,amenities are endless and fun is non-stop!
Rates: Keyhole Primitive Sites (no hookups) are $25 per night
Other sites range from $35 to $45 per night with hookups
Park admission each day is $3.50 for ages 12 and older and $3.00 for Ages 3 - 11
Park admission includes:
Swimming, Jumping Tower, First Fish Pond (catch & release), Playgrounds, Cargo Net, Picnic Grounds, Grills, Clean Bath House, Sand Volleyball, Horseshoes, Creek exploring, Hiking Trails, Bicycle Riding, Fountains, Artsie Metal Sculptures
More information: http://www.austinlakepark.com/